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Lettres de Monsieur L. (1514-1516), éditées par J. Morsel, Paris (LaMOP)

Abstract : The Nuremberg City Archives still keep today a register in which a secret letter exchange between the so called "Warlords" (Kriegsherren) of the imperial city of Nuremberg and a paied informant was copied, a nobleman named Lorenz von Leuzenbrunn from the vicinity of Rothenburg on the Tauber, charged with informing the Nuremberg authorities of the facts and statements of the Franconian nobility as well as of the margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach and, more secondarily, of the bishops of the region. The secret information was communicated by means of letters written with milk on the back of banal letters written with ink, and conveyed by a messenger whose fidelity is a recurring matter for concern. These letters thus provide a remarkable testimony to the state of mind of the nobility of the region at the beginning of the 16th century, not only in relation to the imperial cities but also to the princes and among the nobles themselves. But they are also, as such, an exceptional testimony to the way in which a city like Nuremberg organized its intelligence. Finally, the very fact that they have been copied in a dedicated register shows the stake that this information could represent for the patrician power at the head of the city. This is the reason why this epistolary exchange is edited and presented here in its entirety.
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Joseph Morsel. Lettres de Monsieur L. (1514-1516), éditées par J. Morsel, Paris (LaMOP). 2020. ⟨halshs-02540276⟩

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